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Overturned tractor trailer blocks traffic on U.S. 501 North for four-hour stretch
SoVaNow.com / November 27, 2013An overturned tractor trailer blocked both lanes of Route 501 North for some four hours yesterday morning after the truck first veered off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree and then overcorrecting and overturning across the highway.
According to investigating Virginia State Trooper A. D. Dishmon, the 2013 Freightliner, which belonged to Ship X, was carrying 40,000 pounds of dog food.
Dishmon reported that the driver, 58 year old Steve Cullum of Ogden, Utah, said he fell asleep as the truck neared the intersection of Route 501 and State Route 643, Cedar Fork Road around 6:45 a.m. yesterday morning.
Cullum reportedly got out of the truck to survey the damages and then leaned up against a county owned green box located on the side of the roadway.
At that time 20 year old Brandon Rogers of Nathalie approached the hill crest and found the roadway blocked so he made a quick decision to veer off onto a graveled pathway leading to the green box where Cullum was standing. Whether the box moved or whether Rogers’ vehicle struck Cullum was undetermined, Dishmon said, noting that Cullum suffered from several broken bones and was transported to Halifax Regional for treatment.
Dishmon charged Cullum with reckless driving and listed the tractor trailer as a total loss. No charges were placed against Rogers and damages to the 1990 Ford he was operating were estimated at $1,000.
Route 501 was re-opened to traffic at 11:45 a.m. yesterday morning.
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